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Santa Fe is Now Open for Art & Enlightenment.

We are pleased to be meeting clients again by appointment at Lena Street.
Please call 917-319-5430 or email us at to make an appointment.  
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Aaron Payne has joined
the Board
of the
Santa Fe Art Institute

Aaron has joined the Board of the Santa Fe Art Institute, having long admired SFAI’s mission. They believe – as does Aaron – that art has the power to change the world. Through their programming, including residencies for artists from all over the world – they have continually fostered and explored the interconnections of contemporary art and society, enlivened the public discourse about art, and supported as well as nurtured artists at all phases of their career. 

Please take a moment to click the links below to read more about SFAI’s mission moving forward.


Traveling Exhibition, New Catalogue& Film Documentary Highlighting the Multidimensional Creativity of Alma W. Thomas Premieres at the Chrysler in July

Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color, a new documentary film directed by Cheri Gaulke with cinematography by Tim Wilson and voiceovers by Emmy Award-winning actor and voice artist Alfre Woodard, will be released alongside the exhibition. Filmed at The Phillips Collection and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, it presents commentary by the exhibition co-curators along with scholars Tiffany E. Barber, Lisa E. Farrington, Melanee C. Harvey and Melissa Ho, as well as fine arts advisor Aaron Payne and Thomas’ grandnephew, Charles Thomas Lewis. The film is supported by a grant from Washington, D.C.’s Film Office (OCTFME). More information is available at

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New York Times: Once Overlooked, Black Abstract Painters Are Finally Given Their Due

In the 1960s, abstract painting was a controversial style for Black artists, overshadowed by social realist works. Now, it’s claimed its place as a vital form of expression.

Transcendental Painting Group Traveling Show

The major traveling exhibition Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group kicks off this summer.

This landmark museum exhibition—the first exhibition of this important group of American modernists to be shown beyond New Mexico’s borders, and the first to be accompanied by a major scholarly publication—is devoted to an often overlooked group of 20th century abstract artists who pursued enlightenment and spiritual illumination.  The traveling exhibition opens at the Albuquerque Museum on June 26, 2021, and then travels to four additional venues.

Payne Family Collection in Soul of a Nation

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, featured work by more than 60 Black artists that was created over two revolutionary decades in American history. 

The exhibition, organized by Tate Modern in London, was shows at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Art in Houston.

Soul of a Nation explores what it meant to be a Black artist in America during two revolutionary decades, from the 1960s and the Civil Rights movement to the early 1980s and the emergence of identity politics.


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